As part of the 2023 Irish Book Awards sponsorship agreement, An Post have launched a new writing competition called‘New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize’.
The new writing competition was introduced as part of An Post’s extended sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards until 2025. Irish based Ukrainian writers aged 16+ were invited to compose a new and original short story, essay, or poem, in either English or Ukrainian, describing their experiences of flight and exile in no more than 1,000 words.
Over 100 entries were received, and six authors have now been shortlisted. They will attend the An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony at the Convention Centre, Dublin on the 22nd
November where the overall winner will be announced.
The shortlisted authors are:
- Valeriia Shmyrova from Dublin for The Border/Кордон
- Tetiana Petrukhnova from Dublin for The Leap/Стрибок
- Borys Koval for The Way from War to Peace. The Valley of Gratitude / Шлях від війни до Миру. Алея вдячності
- Lyudmila Boyko from Saggart, Dublin for Ode to volunteers / Ода волонтерам
- Olga Kitik from Letterkenny, Co Donegal for Memories License/Ліцензія на спогади
- Anna Hodovychenko from Letterfrack, Co Galway for 3465 days / 3465 днів
We would like to thank the good people of Ukrainian Action in Ireland without whose help we would not have been able to run the competition.